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Stolen Beer Leads to 16-Year Prison Term for Vennis

July 17, 2013

Christopher Vennis will serve a total of 16 years in prison for his involvement in two first degree robbery incidents, one of which involved the theft of a case of bee....

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Jul-17-13 2:35 AM

I'm sorry but was it a beating? Was the victim hospitalized with injuries? A case of beer gets you 16 years, but, addicts are being arrested and released the same day in Marshall County. Stiff penalty.

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Jul-17-13 8:19 AM

Judge Karl doesn't mess around.

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Jul-17-13 8:54 AM

Ok. This kid defines the term punk. But 16 years? Wow. My tax dollars hard at work.

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Jul-17-13 8:58 AM

I never cease to be amazed and disgusted at how unjust and inconsistent our legal system is. Unbelievable. This 19 year old child deserves a chance to change and do won't happen in 16 years in prison..he will come out hardened and institutionalized. Judge made a mistake. I agree that time in prison is necessary, 3-5 years maybe, but 16 will produce no positive outcome. Next week you'll let some pill pusher off and give a pedophile 1-2 years. Doesn't make sense.

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Jul-17-13 9:36 AM

What the public at large doesn't realize is that with parole rules, good time and the new prison overcrowding laws, the reality is that he'll most likely be released in 4 years (1/4th the sentence) and will discharge the sentence in 8 years even if he doesn't make parole. The high numbers are what is necessary to make sure the lower numbers are appropriate.

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Jul-17-13 11:20 AM

Good for Judge Karl. I hope they like this kid's pretty little you know what in prison. Thug.

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Jul-17-13 11:35 AM

To all of you people saying that this "child" deserves another chance and that the justice system was too hard on him, you are dead wrong. This is by no means the first time he's robbed someone in Marshall County and it wouldn't have been the last if he wasn't in jail. He's been in and out of jail ever since he turned 18, and was in and out of lock up before that, I know I went to junior high with him before he dropped out. He's the scum of marshall county and deserves to rot in jail because he will never amount to anything. When he gets out he'll go right back to it because it's all he knows. Screw him.

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Jul-17-13 12:34 PM

And I'm pretty sure that Judge Karl simply approved a plea agreement negotiated and obtained by the Prosecutor's Office and Vennis's lawyer. He didn't decide on the sentence itself.

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Jul-17-13 2:58 PM

WV is perennially voted the Worst Legal }{ell hole in the 50 states.

I see why.

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Jul-17-13 3:46 PM

A great example of the worst legal system in the country! Judge Karl was not required, by any means, to accept that plea. If you should get this defense attorney assigned to you, due to financial reasons, just plead guilty and throw yourself on the mercy of the court!

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Jul-18-13 9:30 AM

Lengthy??? He will be out in four years !!!!!!!

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